Flemish motorways switch from orange-yellow to blue-white LED light
As from this year, all the lighting poles on the motorways in Flanders will be converted into modern LED lighting. They provide better visibility and road safety. In addition, an annual saving of 4 million euro in energy costs and 40 tonnes of CO2 emissions are saved.
LED is more effective
Flemish Minister of Mobility and Public Works, Ben Weyts (N-VA), has appointed Verkeer, Signalisatie en Electronica (VS&E NV) and Elec DVC NV as the contractors to replace all the familiar orange-yellow lights along the Flemish motorways.
This light is produced by NaLP (sodium low-pressure) lamps. This technology is out-dated and maintenance costs are high. A LED light can be better targeted, so that fewer lighting equipment is needed. LED also saves about 25% of energy and has a longer lifespan. Lights don’t need to be replaced that often.
Investment back in 6 year
The complete conversion of all motorway lighting will cost between 16 and 20 million euro and will take four years. The first four million euro for 2018 has already been cleared. The payback effects are estimated at four million euro per year. “After six years, we will have fully recuperated our investments”, says Weyts.
In a next phase, the regional roads will also be taken into account.